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Autumn issue of REFLECTIONS: latest edition

The latest edition of the HumEthNet newsletter is now available.

Theme: Ethics training and support for humanitarian practitioners and researchers

In this issue:
– Humanitarian Health Ethics E-module
– In Focus: Paul Bouvier
– Humanitarian Health Ethics Analysis Tool (HHEAT)
– Research in Humanitarian Crises: Resources for Research Ethics Committees
– Case Study in Humanitarian Research Ethics
– Featured Publication
– Additional resources on ethics in humanitarian health research
Reflections editors:
Sonya de Laat & Jhalok Talukdar
Our email address is:
humethnet@gmail.com

 

Our mailing address is:
Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group
McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., CRL-202
Hamilton, On, Canada L8S 4K1

                      

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What ethical issues arise in outbreaks and pandemics?

Check out this World Health Organization site containing some valuable resources and points of reflection on ethical issues arising during public health outbreaks and pandemics.

Consider exploring some of the questions coming out of that site through Case Studies or by applying the Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Tool (HHEAT).

We look forward to hearing your thought! Contact us here.

Cut and paste the WHO site in your browser: http://www.who.int/ethics/topics/outbreaks-emergencies/en/

 

 

 

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Becoming an anthropologist in post-Ebola Giunea

Follow this link to the blog authored by Sekou Kouyate on the opportunities and challenges of becoming an anthropologist and a qualitative researcher in post-Ebola Guinea.

Kouyate is the research assistant and coordinator for HHERG’s two R2HC funded studies in Guinea: on perceptions of research and on the provision of palliative care during the 2014-16 Ebola Virus Disease outbreak.

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Just launched: Ethics and the Closure of Humanitarian Healthcare Projects

Though ethicists have examined the ethics of humanitarian priority-setting–including around the initiation of humanitarian projects–to our knowledge, none have undertaken a focused examination of the ethics of closing humanitarian projects.

It is critical to examine the ethical implications of closing projects and consider how closure can be accomplished in ways that are consistent with humanitarians’ ethical commitments including minimizing harm, being accountable, upholding impartiality and neutrality, and demonstrating respect.

In partnership with Médecins du Monde-Canada, the team is made up of Matthew Hunt, Ryoa Chung, Lisa Eckenwiler and John Pringle.

Find out more about the project here:

https://humanitarianhealthethics.net/ethics-and-the-closure-of-humanitarian-healthcare-projects/

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Spring into REFLECTIONS: latest edition

The latest edition of the HumEthNet newsletter is now available.

Reflections, Vol. 6 No. 1, Spring 2018:

Theme: Moral dimensions of paediatric healthcare in humanitarian crises

 
In this issue:
– Lost Population: Rohingya children
– Ethical reflection in a child malnutrition program
– In Focus: Joan Marston
– Film review, recent publications, and more…

Reflections editorial policy and subscriptions.

Reflections editors:
Sonya de Laat & Jhalok Talukdar

Our email address is:
humethnet@gmail.com

Our mailing address is:
Humanitarian Health Ethics Research Group
McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., CRL-202
Hamilton, On, Canada L8S 4K1

                      

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Film Review: Bending the Arc

Film Review

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Bending the Arc

Director/Producer: Kief Davidson
Director/Editor: Pedro Kos
2017, 2 hrs 30 mins
Available at: http://bendingthearcfilm.com1517880926505ccb7faa5c9b3f0335e1a

“Bending the Arc” tells the story of Paul Farmer, his colleagues at Partners in Health, and how a tiny NGO in rural Haiti came to push the boundaries of what was possible in global health.

The film is based on the book “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder.  It offers a chronological history of Partners in Health and highlights how Farmer and his colleagues approached healthcare for the poor from a unique philosophical position.

In the film, Farmer offers many critiques of the way traditional development work and global health are framed saying, “appropriate technology just means shit for poor people and good things for rich people.”  He continually pushes viewers to challenge assumptions about healthcare for the poor.  The film also presents the claim that neo-liberalism and World Bank imposed austerity programs that have been forced upon low-resource countries have devastated the social and health infrastructure of these countries. At one point, Farmer expresses frustration with the often-quoted platitude, “it is better to teach a man to fish” because, as he says, “their ships are sunk”!  He seems to be saying, we cannot solve the healthcare problems of rural Haiti by training healthcare workers or increasing health literacy when the healthcare system as a whole is devastated by austerity programs.

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Ethical challenges in providing pediatric medical care in humanitarian contexts 

From the Field

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Ethical challenges in providing pediatric medical care in humanitarian contexts

by Rachel Yantzi

Many humanitarian aid organizations prioritize healthcare interventions for children under five years old. This is due to their increased vulnerability, the high mortality rates in this age group, and because many childhood illnesses are easily treated. Providing medical care to children in the context of a humanitarian crisis brings with it a number of ethical challenges. Some are unique to pediatrics and unique to humanitarian contexts, while others are very familiar to healthcare providers who tend to work in non-crisis settings. During the nine months that I worked as a nurse in the Central African Republic (CAR), I encountered many ethical challenges, some that I anticipated and others that were completely unexpected.

My primary role in CAR was as nurse supervisor at a large referral hospital in a community recovering from years of civil war. The overwhelming ethical challenge we faced in CAR was the reality that many of the children who died in our hospital would have almost certainly survived had they been in Canada. As a pediatric ICU nurse, I am used to having all manner of modern technology at my fingertips. I remember watching a little three-year old boy with pneumonia struggling to breathe for hours. All he needed was BiPAP, or possibly to be placed on a ventilator for a couple of days and he likely would have been fine. Instead, there was little we could do as he struggled for air and eventually succumbed to a simple infection. It was incredibly difficult to see how easily a child could be lost in CAR. In Canada, a huge team of nurses, doctors, specialists, as well as state of the art technology and medications would be summoned to save such a child’s life. The discrepancy was hard to stomach.